December 18, 2012
KONE trade press release, December 18, 2012
KONE, one of the global leaders in elevator and escalator solutions, has signed an agreement for providing the elevators and escalators onboard the most recent TUI Cruises' vessel, the Mein Schiff 4. The new cruise ship will be the sister ship of Mein Schiff 3, which will also have KONE's solutions installed onboard. Both vessels will be built at STX Finland, Turku shipyard, the former being set for delivery in the spring of 2014 and the latter in the spring of 2015.
KONE's People Flow® solutions will facilitate the smooth and efficient movement of 3,500 passengers and personnel onboard the Main Schiff 4. KONE will provide a total of 22 units for this vessel, consisting of 10 elevators for passengers and 8 elevators for service, two escalators and two platforms for people with impaired mobility. All of the elevators are KONE MiniSpace® elevators with compact machine rooms and are equipped with the latest KONE eco-efficient technology, including energy recovery systems. Powered by the KONE EcoDisc® hoisting machine, these solutions are 50-70% more energy efficient than conventional elevators.
"We appreciate the long lasting and strong collaboration with the shipyard, shipowner and the architects during the design phase of the first ship," says John Hemgård, Head of Marine Business at KONE. "Our ability to provide reliable and energy-efficient people flow solutions with state-of-the-art design has supported STX and TUI Cruises to develop their next generation cruise ships."
TUI Cruises is a joint venture between TUI AG and Royal Caribbean. Its services are tailored for the German-speaking market.
For further information, please contact:
Cãlin Hera, Marketing and Communications Specialist, Marine Business, KONE, tel.: +358 20 475 4562
KONE is one of the global leaders in the elevator and escalator industry. The company has been committed to understanding the needs of its customers for the past century, providing industry-leading elevators, escalators and automatic building doors as well as innovative solutions for modernization and maintenance. The company's objective is to offer the best People Flow® experience by developing and delivering solutions that enable people to move smoothly, safely, comfortably and without waiting in buildings in an increasingly urbanizing environment. In 2011, KONE had annual net sales of EUR 5.2 billion and on average 35,000 employees. KONE class B shares are listed on the NASDAQ OMX Helsinki Ltd in Finland.